I am most myself when I am centered in a creative space. I see and feel the world differently. I am more open, more grateful, more passionate. I remain more aware of the wonder that surrounds me. Reading transports me both far away and deep within. Crochet is my meditation. It soothes the rough edges of my busy days. Please join me as I share the pages I have been turning and the yarn I have been hooking this week.
I have to admit, I haven’t read a single page of An Object of Beauty this week. I have been completely swept away by the drama and romance and suspense of Downton Abbey. Please, don’t reveal a single secret! I’m working my way obsessively through season two and loving every moment of it. Oh, the language, the costumes, the scenery — it’s all just so beautiful.
While Downton Abbey has been playing on my computer, I have been working the tiniest of stitches on this sweet baby hat. I started this project last year with the intention of gifting it to a friend who was expecting her second child. She is now expecting her third little one and the hat is still not quite finished. Sigh. Projects happen this way for me sometimes. I’ll begin something new with seemingly tireless enthusiasm, then suddenly my energy will fade for one reason or another and the project will sit neglected for months. After playing with a good deal of fun chunky yarn in the past few weeks, I rediscovered this fine lace weight project with delight. Although my progress is slow, each stitch is so gratifying — simple and small and delicate. I am now just a few rounds from completing it and am eager to crochet a pretty flower embellishment or two for a special feminine touch. There is a beautiful baby girl headed Earth-side (soon!) and I so want these teeny tiny stitches to be ready to warm her sweet smelling head upon her arrival.
I have also been commissioned to make a scarf similar to this one by a friend. After I wore mine into work, she declared that she absolutely had to have one just like it. I’m looking forward to another episode of Downton Abby and this quick, easy project — the original only took an hour or two to complete, start to finish. I didn’t realize until just now that I am working in extremes — the slowest of teeny tiny stitches and speediest of great big giant stitches. I suppose these opposites reflect my personality simply and completely — both slow and fast, small and large, delicate and rough. My truest self expressed in yarn. I think I like that.
My mind quiets and my well fills when I am engaged with a good book or when my hands are busy creating something beautiful. If you feel moved to share what you have been reading or creating, please leave a link in the comments below so we may revel in each other’s creative pursuits.